The hot weather has finally broken, hope it stays nice for a while.  Yesterday  we had to burn.  I have been storing all my articles that I have been saving for the last four or fve years, I am storing them on my neat works.  I used to get three different farming magazines such as Mother Earth and I just could not throw them out but it got so I could not find the articles I wanted when I needed them so now I am putting them on my computer with the neat works and I can search for any article I want by several different key words and I can throw out the old magazines.  We used to recycle magazines but now the land fill won’t take them so I have to burn them and what a job when it is hot out.  It took all morning to burn the trash and about half of the magazine I was done with, I’ll finish those another day.  In the afternoon we did more jelly, I’ll do more of that another day also.  Today I just couldn’t workout side even tho the weather was much better.  We had to clean up the porch and get rid of all the pollen and mold from the heat, then after break Norman finished up the raspberry patch and the grape vines.  Now all we have to do is put on a nice layer of mulch which we will get tomorrow after the farmer’s market we will get a truck load and put about half of it on the two beds that are ready for it.  I picked the tomatoes that were ready and we had glazed tomatoes and green beans for dinner.  They are really good, we will have those again.  Then I peeled up the tomatoes that were left and I made tomato paste.  It takes a lot of cooking, I cooked it for an hour on top of the stove and then put it into the crock pot, on high with no cover and finally at 9 pm it was done.  I will make cubes of the paste and freeze them so I can drop a cube of tomato paste into any recipe that calles for tomato paste.  I didn’t put in any salt but did put in extra garlic and it came out tasting great.    Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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